As a nationally-accredited program, the Social Work Doctoral program produces highly qualified social work researchers and educators. The aim of developing such advanced scholarly and research skills is to equip doctoral students for future roles as leaders in the social work profession.
Outcomes and next steps
Post-secondary academia, government, research, hospitals/community health centers, mental health clinics, schools, non-profit/advocacy groups, social service/child welfare/family service agencies, employee assistance programs, private counselling, consultation.
A PhD in social work is usually considered a final degree.
Required core courses include Theory, History and Philosophy: Values, Ethics and Professional Beliefs; Research Foundations: Epistemology and Professional Knowledge-Building; Research Methods I: Quantitative; Research Methods II: Qualitative and Integrative Research Colloquia. Students must also complete 4 elective courses relevant to the student's area of specialization and research focus.
Students must have their dissertation proposal approved by their supervisory committee prior to Candidacy Examination and applying for ethics certification.
The Candidacy Examination includes a written and oral component, both of which must be completed to the satisfaction of the examining committee.
Students conduct original research and prepare a written dissertation which is evaluated and is orally defended before an examination committee.
Admission requirements and information
Requirements for the Social Work Program
A minimum of 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 point system, calculated on the Master of Social Work or equivalent Master’s degree.
A Master of Social Work or equivalent Master’s degree from a recognized institution.
A sample of written work such as a published or unpublished scholarly paper, or a professional report.
Applicants should have substantial professional experience.
A program proposal outlining the applicant’s reasons for pursuing doctoral education in social work, educational goals and career expectations, prior research course work and experience, and a research proposal.
A Curriculum Vitae.
Three; two professional and one academic
English language proficiency
An applicant whose primary language is not English may fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the following ways:
TOEFL score of 97 (Internet-based) or 580 (paper-based). Our institution code is 0813
All graduate students must pay general fees each year, as well as program fees.
Estimate for full-time students
Canadian and permanent resident
12 months of study
First 12 months of study
For first year of studies
General fees and program fees
General fees are annual and per-term fees. Annual fees are paid once per year, while per-term are paid each term (3 terms per year).
Program fees cover standard academic costs. Textbooks and other course material costs are not included.
What are annual continuing fees?
Domestic Continuing Fees: $1,627 CAD
International Continuing Fees: $3,693 CAD
Continuing fees apply in the first term following completion of candidacy requirements.
Total departmental funding for PhD students over the first three years of their program will be approximately $36,506 to $41,506.
Fees listed here are estimates only, and have been rounded to the nearest dollar. These amounts should not be considered accurate. All amounts are in Canadian Dollars.
Fees are subject to change.
For more details and the most accurate information go to the Academic Calendar
For more general information, see our Fees and Funding Guide
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